Syrian Democratic Forces expel ISIS from four villages east Raqqa, rescue dozens of civilians

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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in western Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Raqqa – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday seized more ground in eastern Raqqa, pushing Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants out of four more villages.

The Kurdish-led SDF troops captured the villages of Fatatish, Bir, Shamari and Shwehan in the eastern countryside of Raqqa Governorate in northeastern Syria, after clashes with ISIS militants.

“At least 20 ISIS terrorists were killed in the clashes on Sunday, before the group was forced to withdraw from these villages,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

The progress comes as part of the SDF-led Third Phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation for Raqqa.

The SDF has also rescued dozens of civilians that were used by ISIS as human shields in eastern Raqqa.

“66 civilians were freed from the terror group on Sunday,” the SDF official said.

During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, which began on November 6, 2016, the SDF liberated roughly 560 km² in Northern Raqqa.

On 10 December, the SDF launched the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath, during which it captured over 2500 km² in Western Raqqa.

On 4 February, the Syrian Democratic Forces announced the launch of the third phase of Euphrates Wrath Operation in Eastern Raqqa.

The campaign is ultimately aimed at isolating the ISIS radical group in its de facto capital.

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh | Source: ARA News

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